Griezmann deletes Twitter post after outrage over 'racist' fancy dress outfit

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has attracted criticism and been a "racist" after posting an image on Twitter of himself 'blacked-up' and dressed as a 1980's basketball player.

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann's deleted tweet that has been labelled racist Source: Twitter @AntoGriezmann

The France star wore an Afro wig and blacked up his face, arms and legs for the picture, which was captioned ''80s party" and was accompanied by a basketball emoji and a laughing emoji on his official Twitter feed.

Antoine Griezmann tweet


It also appeared on his Instagram account.

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Responses quickly caused a storm with many people labeling the post "racist", urging Griezmann to delete the tweet and warning of a backlash.

He initially tried to temper the backlash by asking people to "calm down" and explaining it was merely a tribute to the Harlem Globetrotters.

Antoine Griezmann tweet


"Calm down guys. I am a fan of the Harlem globetrotters and the good times. It is a tribute," the Tweet read.

Within an hour, Griezmann had deleted the image, posting a message in which he apologised if his tweets had offended anyone.

Antoine Griezmann tweet


Several former footballers and personalities took to Twitter to express their shock with Tony Adams, former Granada coach and Arsenal legend, Stan Collymore, Piers Morgan, rapper Lecrae among them.


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Published 18 December 2017 at 9:22am
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